Chris Duarte-McDermott
Chris Duarte-McDermott
Title: Head Volleyball Coach
Phone: (562) 907- 4200 x 4606

Hometown: Ontario, Calif.

College: La Verne '09

Years at Whittier: 7th


Coaching Accomplishments


A year after finishing in a tie for 3rd in the SCIAC Standings and being selected to the NCAA Division III National Championships, Whittier dropped into 6th place in the final standings for 2018.  They went 16-12, 9-7 SCIAC with Makenzie Thieme earning 2nd Team All-SCIAC recognition.  The team also finished ranked No. 8 in the West Region.  On the year the Poets picked up solid wins over Mary Hardin-Baylor, Maryville (TN) early int he season and then went on a seven match winning streak with wins coming against Redlands, DeSales, UC Santa Cruz, Mass.-Boston, Nazareth, Caltech, and Occidental.  Their biggest accomplishment though came against Cal Lutheran on the road where they won in four sets upsetting the Regals for the first time since 2003.  Other tight match-ups ont he season came against No. 13 Illinois Wesleyan (5 Sets) and No. 5 Claremont-M-S (5 Sets).   


Chris put together one of his best seasons at the helm of the Volleyball program posting an 18-9, 10-6 SCIAC record finishing in a tie for 3rd Place in the SCIAC Standings.  Over the year he picked up big wins, which included then No. 10 Trinity (TX) and then No. 14 La Verne.  His team achieved a Division III National Ranking as high as No. 30 and was selected No. 3 in the Division III West Regional Rankings.  Individually, Chris saw senior libero Clarissa Standafer collect 1,000 career digs, freshman Ashley Whittal named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and four Poets named All-SCIAC (Makenzie Thieme, Camryn Purdom, Asley Whittall, Alexis Mills).     

The Poets missed the SCIAC Post Season Tournament and slipped to 7th in the SCIAC Standings after posting a 9-18, 5-11 SCIAC record.  They were in the hunt throughout getting led by Rebecca Slattery who achieved 2nd Team All-SCIAC recognition.  

Chris put together yet another successful season earning a trip to the SCIAC Post Season Tournament as the No. 4 seed.  This marked the second time in program history the Purple & Gold have earned a spot in the post season and the first under Duarte-McDermott.  2015 was a year for the record books as the Poets finished 19-10, 10-6 SCIAC posting the best record in program history.  At the conclusion of the season Chris and his staff were named the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year, while Rebecca Slattery was named 1st Team All-SCIAC and an Honorable Mention All-West Region Performer.     

In his second season at the helm of the Poet Volleyball Program, Chris saw the squad finish 8-17, 6-10 SCIAC landing in 6th Place in the SCIAC Standings.  Had big wins early in the season against Redlands (3-2), Occidental (3-1), and Chapman (3-2) and saw Rebecca Slattery named 2nd Team All-SCIAC and Katie Heard to the SCIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.          

Chris was named the Head Volleyball Coach for Whittier College.  He completed his first season 14-15, 5-11 SCIAC, posting the second best record in the Whittier College Volleyball Record Books.  The Poets won the Worthington Championships where senior Alayna Rigo was named the Tournament MVP and earned quality victories over Whitworth (3-2), Lewis & Clark (3-2), Redlands (3-0), La Verne (3-0), and Whitman (3-1) and saw Rigo break the WC career kills record and Alyssa Acosta the WC career digs record.    


Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at Texas A&M International University (Laredo, TX)

* Heartland Conference Post-Season Tournament.  Helped guide the program to its first winning season since 2006.  Three players were named to the All-Conference Team, one of which was the Conference Setter of the Year.

Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA)

* 2011 (Final Record was 20-5).  South Coast Conference Runner-Up.  2nd Round of Regionals.  Six Players named to the All-South Coast Conference Team (Three of which were first team selections).  Of these six, one player was named to the All SoCal Region Selection. 

* 2010 (Final Record of 22-5).  South Coast Conferencre Runner-Up.  Regional Finalist. 

Women's Varsity Head Volleyball Coach at Claremont High School (Claremont, CA)

* 2011 (CIF Playoff Quarter Finalist, tying the farthest the women's program had been since 1998.  Sierra League Runner-Up.  Six players named to the All-Sierra League Team, 1 player named as a league MVP, 2 players on 1st Team, 1 Player at 2nd Team, and 2 Honorable Mention)

* 2010 (Three players named to the All Sierra-League Team, 1 First Team and 2 Second Team selections)

* 2009 (CIF Playoffs First Round.  Third place finish in League.  Six players named to the All Baseline-League Team, 2 on First Team, 2 on Second Team, and 2 Honorable Mentions.  Won the Power Summer League Tournament prior to season, an invite-only tournament.  Won the Diamond Ranch High SchoolTournament in season.)

Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club

* 2011 (15 Elite Travel team competed and finished in SCVA Gold Division) Finished 39th out of 211 in all of Southern California

* 2010 (17-Elite travel team had a 4th place finish at the Volleyball Festival held in Phoenix, AZ, the highest finish Pacific Juniors has had at an end of the year national tournament. 

* 2009 (18-Elite travel team reached and competed in SCVA Gold Division.  Every senior on this team was recruited and is currently playing collegiately. 

Development Head/Assistant Coach at Claremont High School (Claremont, CA)

Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Arsenal Volleyball Academy (Upland, CA)

Girl's and Boy's Head Volleyball Coach at Club West Volleyball (La Verne, CA)

Education Accomplishments

Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training (La Verne) - 2009

Master of Arts Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration (Concordia, Irvine) - 2015

Year Coaching Duties Record SCIAC Finish
2018 Head Coach 16-12, 9-7 SCIAC 6th
2017 Head Coach 18-9, 10-6 SCIAC # 3rd
2016 Head Coach 9-18, 5-11 SCIAC 7th
2015 Head Coach 19-10, 10-6 SCIAC * 4th
2014 Head Coach 8-17, 6-10 SCIAC 6th
2013 Head Coach 14-15, 5-11 SCIAC  6th

      * Earned Trip to SCIAC Post-Season Berth

      # Earned Trip to NCAA Division III National Championships